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Ode to Gravity: Avant-Garde Music and Art Festivals in Europe


Published November 21, 1973


A program produced by Charles Amirkhanian, while he was in the Netherlands as part of an exchange program with VPRO (Holland Radio). Amirkhanian reviews a number of European musical festivals, including a concert of Letterist music. In addition Charles interviews Pierre Boulez after a recent performance of his works. Also interviewed is composer Mauricio Kagel in Cologne, Germany as he prepares for the premiere of his work, Zwei-Mann Orchester, a work scored for homemade instruments, crudely operated by remote control strings and wires. Charles also interviews Walther König, owner a bookstore specializing in art. The program concludes with a visit to the 7th Annual Cologne Art Fair, where the world’s greatest avant-garde galleries gather to display their wares. Charles interviews a number of gallery owners about the state of avant-garde art in Europe.


Run time 91 min

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